The Vale Music Ensemble, who are all aged between 10 and 18, will perform at Band On The Wall, one of Manchesters most iconic music venues, later this month as part of showcase of local music talent, they are made up of 50 young musicians and were formed at the new Mossley community arts centre "The Vale".
Hip hop fan Baki Sanni, 13, from Ashton, was already an accomplished drummer and guitarist when he joined the project, but it is his new skills with the steel pans that he will be revealing at the concert. Another member Betsy Frith, 11, from Mossley, has been singing in choirs for around three years. Drummer and Foo Fighters fan Patrick Jones, 10 and also from Mossley is excited to be playing as part of such a large group.
Holly Prest, artistic manager and percussion tutor, said: “The band are looking forward to playing original tracks that they have composed themselves. One track is quite an upbeat melody led by the steel pans with lyrics in Spanish and Portuguese and a flavour of Brazilian Carnival rhythms underneath. Another is a more guitar driven ‘slow-burner’ with a building melodic aspect and brass hits.
“Everyone involved has made new friendships, learned new artistic skills and has contributed to the burgeoning youth music scene in the local area.
“They have been creating original music with a team of five professional musicians and we can see that they are all benefitting massively from this brilliant alternative music education.”
The Vale Music Ensemble is funded by National Foundation for Youth Music.
The Mega Band Showcase is at Band On The Wall, Swan Street, Manchester on Sunday 28 June, from 1:30pm to 5:30pm, entry is free.